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Cold Specks shares hopeful new single “Wild Card” — listen

Plus, she'll be touring across Europe this fall

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Photo by Norman Wong

    Photo by Norman Wong

    Cold Specks singer has changed her name from Al Spx to Ladan Hussein. Such evolution also extends into her musical moniker, as heard on her latest single, “Wild Card”.

    Much like “A Season of Doubt” from her 2014 album, Neuroplasticity, “Wild Card” draws inspiration from sociopolitical issues. In this case, the warm, soulful track was prompted by the selflessness of her mother when assisting a Somalian refugee. Despite the heavy topic, there’s a hope and lightness to the song which wasn’t present on her last record.

    “I had visited my mother and noticed her frantically phoning people up,” Hussein said in a press release. “There was a man in my family’s store, a new refugee, who had traveled from Somalia to Canada. By water and by foot he had traveled halfway around the world to establish a better life for himself and his family who were still at home. My mother had never met him before. He was a complete stranger from a familiar place. She took him to a local restaurant, fed him and found him somewhere to stay. I was astonished by her selflessness and kept humming ‘I’ll be there for you. Don’t know why.'”

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    Take a listen to “Wild Card” below.

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    After playing a handful of Canadian dates this summer, Cold Specks is touring across Europe this fall. Check out the full schedule below.

    Cold Specks 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/23 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival
    07/13-15 – Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival
    07/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo
    09/30 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
    10/01 – Leeds, UK @ Lending Room
    10/02 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
    10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
    10/04 – Bristol, UK @ Cube
    10/05 – London, UK @ Omeara
    10/06 – Paris, FR @ Supersonic
    10/07 – Brussels, BE @ Witloof Bar
    10/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
    10/10 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca
    10/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
    10/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
    10/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    10/14 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
    10/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
    10/16 – Munich, DE @ Milla
    10/18 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
    10/19 – Zurich, CH @ Theatre Gessneralle
    10/20 – Geneva, CH @ La Graviere
    10/21 – Rome, IT @ Quirinetta

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